Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.7/8 9.74
The Lion King (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.9/5 3.70
MasterChef Junior (FOX) 0.8/4 3.15
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.7/4 6.52
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.69
9 p.m. NCIS (CBS) – R 0.6/3 5.65
MasterChef Junior (FOX) – S 0.6/3 2.11
The 100 (The CW) 0.2/1 0.80
10 p.m. Songland (NBC) – P 1.2/6 5.85
1969 (ABC) – F 0.6/3 2.76
Blood & Treasure (CBS) 0.5/3 4.19


A pair of season premieres gave NBC a dominant Tuesday night primetime win over the other networks this week.

The 2-hour season premiere of “America’s Got Talent” kicked the night off with a 1.7 average rating among adults 18-49 and 9.74 million viewers, easily winning the night in both measures. “AGT” was, however, down from the 2.5 rating and 12.16 million viewers that its 2018 premiere scored a year ago.

That also puts the series down from the 2.1 it averaged Tuesday nights last summer, but leaves it even with the 1.7 that “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” averaged Monday nights earlier this year.

“AGT” was followed by the series premiere of “Songland” at 10 p.m., which debuted with a good 1.2 rating and 5.85 million viewers – making it the highest-rated series premiere for a summer unscripted title since June 2017.

On CBS, a pair of “NCIS” reruns (0.7, 0.6) led into the second episode of “Blood & Treasure,” which ticked down just one-tenth from its season premiere’s 0.6 last Tuesday to a 0.5 this time around.

ABC’s 2-hour broadcast of “The Lion King” did well for the network, scoring a 0.9 average rating – lifting the finale of “1969” up from its penultimate episode’s 0.3 to a series high 0.6.

Elsewhere, the CW’s “The 100” stayed at a 0.2, with another “Flash” rerun as its lead-in. FOX’s “MasterChef Junior” also held onto its previous 0.8, while a special “MasterChef Junior” season recap followed it with a 0.6, up two-tenths from how the “Mental Samurai” finale performed in the same time slot last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/7 0.8/4 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.45 3.38 2.63 5.45 0.75


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/3, 1.6/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 1.3/5


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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